Reid and Kubanova first time World Champions

Calum Reid and Zuzanna Kubanova take their first World Championships titles at the 11th FIR World Championships in Austria. Dave Lazarus scratches the +45 Seniors title, while Michael Karacsonyi secures the gold medal for Austria in the +55 draw. Both Junior draws u16 and u21 went to Austria with victories of Kris Krawczewiez and Joey Schubert. U21 girls draw went to Sarina Leibig from Germany, while 50+ was taken home to Hungary by Peter Sakovics. In the oldest class +60 Rudy Krajc from the Czech Republic took the title. Krystian Kowalski from Poland walked to the top of the podium in Men D - Beginner, while Martin Sopko from Slovakia is the best Men B - Advanced player and Roy Krawczewicz takes gold in Men C - Amateur. The Charity-Event of the Austrian Racket Legends around Jürgen Melzer versus the World Racketlon Team powered by UNDER ARMOUR ended with a close victory for the favourites. All results can be found on www.resultreporter.com and the videos are now online on http://racketlon.at/wc2011/videos

Ratzer wins Badmintonsets 21:1

The Men Elite draw was as exciting as never with five time world champion Mikko Kärkkäinen not on the spot, but not many would have expected Jesper Ratzer to go to the final. The secret of his success is outstanding Badminton. The Dane beat Thorsten Deck in the quarters, Michi Dickert in the semis and Calum Reid in the final with 21:1! in Badminton. On the other half of the draw Calum Reid marche into the final with plain consistant playand victories over Joey Schubert and Stefan Adamsson, who he crashed with 21:4 in Badminton in the semis. In the final the scotman proved that he is still better in all the other three sports and despite the Badminton clash he saved his first World Championship title with a plus four point victory. Third place went to Stefan Adamsson in the play-off against Michi Dickert, who knocked out world number one, Christoph Krenn, one round earlier.

Kubanova hardly needs Tennisracket

In the Women Elite draw it was the favourite who made the game in the end. The Czech girl made her way to the final with impressing victories over world number one Kerstin Peckl, Verena Fastenbauer and Marta Jez in the semifinals and only needed her Tennisracket in one single match. Nathalie Zeoli had more difficulties to go to the final  beating Simone Seitz in the quarters and Silke Altmann in the semis. The final was an easy game for the second Czech World Champion apart from Martina Kakosova. She outcasted Zeoli with easy victories in Tabletennis and Squash and took the title before the Tennis with 24 points. Bronze went to Germany too, with fresh mummy Silke Altmann finishing off Marta Jez.

German speakers win all Junior draws

The Junior draws were dominated by the german speakers. Christine Seehofer (u16), Kris Krawczewicz (u16) and Joey Schubert (u21) secured no less then three home victories on the home courts and Phillip Preissl (u13), Bettina Bugl (u13) and Georg Stoisser (u16) secured three more bronze medals for Austria. Girls u21 was in the hands of Germany with Sarina Leibig (1.) and Svenja Kleb (3.) on the podium, while the title for the youngest age class u13 went to Swiss boy Philipp Rohrer. Canadians dont have to worry about their youth either, Patrick Laplante Jr. and Annie-Pier Audet ended runner-ups in the u21 draws.

5 Seniors winners from different countries

All the 5 winners of the Seniors draws come from different countries. In the oldest age class Rudy Krajc from the Czech Republic was not to be beaten by the two Swedes Stalberg and new FIR Vice-President Lennart Eklundh. In 55+ Michael Karacsonyi defended his title as did Peter Sakovics in the 50+. The most prestigious title +45 went to the englishmen only a few people knew, Dave Lazarus. Knowing that he is not the best in Tennis, he finished his semifinal against Shawn Doney and and the final with Peter Sakovics before Tennis. Third place went to Christian Alte, who lost his semi with Sakovics in the gummiarm point. In the Seniors Women draw +45 Gabriele Zeoli secured her spot on the very top of the podium  

Krenn apologies and thanks all players for coming

The last four of the total of 16 draws are the only ones not valid for the World Champs medal table. Nevertheless the victories in huge draws of up to 64 players of Natalie Paul in Women B, Martin Sopko in Men B, Roy Krawcewicz in Men C and Krystian Kowalski in Men D shall not stay un mentioned. „We thank all players for coming and are proud to have organised the biggest international Racketlon tournament with 405 players from 29 countries ever“, says Tournament Director Christoph Krenn. „Apologies again for the hotel hassle, which was not our fault, but I hope with out other services like shuttle service, Austrian food, official World Champs Tennisballs and T-Shirts we could make up fort hat“, says FIR Executive President Marcel Weigl.

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WC 2011 Medal Winners

Men A - Elite

1. Calum REID, SCO

2. Jesper RATZER, DEN

3. Stefan ADAMSSON, SWE

Woman A - Elite

1. Zuzana KUBANOVA, CZE

2. Nathalie ZEOLI, GER

3. Silke ALTMANN, GER

Juniors u13

1. Philipp ROHRER, SUI

2. Philipp PREISSL, AUT

3. Tinko SCHNEGG, SUI

Girls u16

1. Christine SEEHOFER, AUT

2. Bettina BUGL, AUT

3. Klaudia BOREK, POL

Juniors u16

1. Kris Irek KRAWCEWICZ, AUT

2. Georg STOISSER, AUT

3. Josh KASHDAN-BROWN, ENG

Girls u21

1. Sarina LEIBIG, GER

2. Annie-Pier AUDET, CAN

3. Svenja KLEB, GER

Juniors u21

1. Joey SCHUBERT, AUT

2. Patrick Junior LAPLANTE, CAN

3. Ken-Kristjan TOOMJOE, EST

Seniors Women 45+

1. Gabriele ZEOLI, GER

2. Carola Von HEIMBURG, GER

3. Maria SCHNEIDER, AUT

Seniors 45+

1. David LAZARUS, ENG

2. Peter SÁKOVICS, HUN

3. Christian ALTE, GER

Seniors 50+

1. Peter SAKOVICS, HUN

2. Tibor KAROLYI, HUN

3. Joachim GERSDORF, GER

Seniors 55+

1. Michael KARACSONYI, AUT

2. Jaroslav SCHWAN, CZE

3. Graham KING, SUI

Seniors 60+

1. Rudyy KRAJC, CZE

2. Jan STALBERG, SWE

3. Lennart EKLUNDH, SWE

Women B - Amateur

1. Natalie PAUL, GER

2. Polina KYNICHENKO, RUS

3. Agnes NEMETH, HUN

Men B - Advanced

1. Martin SOPKO, SVK

2. Ken-Kristjan TOOMJOE, EST

3. Gregor PUCHAS, AUT

Men C - Amateur

1. Roy KRAWCEWICZ, AUT

2. Kreesten HAOUGAARD, DEN

3. Tristan-Samuel WEISSBORN, AUT

Men D - Beginner

1. Krystian KOWALSKI, POL

2. Kai ELSAESSER, GER

3. Jan-Hendrik RAFFLER, GER

 

FIR Executive-President, Marcel Weigl

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